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In Focus - Future Of Independence


Redefinition of the requirements for operating as an independent adviser will place a greater burden on those seeking to adopt or retain the IFA label. As such, there is speculation that this could lead to a diminution of the number of IFAs in favour of the broadly-defined restricted alternative.


Your Industry| Apr 10, 2014

FCA reveals when advisers must disclose restricted switch

Clients paying ongoing fees must be told “as soon as possible” if their adviser has become restricted.

Your Industry| Jul 10, 2013

Demand for whole of market advice surging post-RDR

Adviser referral website says firms are fine-tuning their propositions to appeal to appropriate clients.

Your Industry| May 16, 2013

London IFA acquires two client books worth £35m

Fallout from the RDR has provided ample opportunity for acquisitive advice firms, company MD believes.

Regulation| Jan 04, 2013

Advisers back Sifa, Law Society on independence climbdown

Although changes could damage IFA business FSA’s redefinition does not reflect nature of business, advisers argue.

Investments| Jan 02, 2013

IFA Centre ‘only’ body just for independent advisers

Trade body’s managing director Gill Cardy says her organisation is the only one left to represent independent advisers exclusively.

Your Industry| Dec 06, 2012

SRA referrals move fails to address holistic planning needs

Advisers warn referring business to non-independent firms cold result in a conflict of interest for solicitors.

Analysis & Opinion
IFA: I’ve lost count of the number of calls from SJP

InterviewfromYour Industry| Dec 13, 2013

IFA: I’ve lost count of the number of calls from SJP

Transition to RDR: Biggest stumbling block was providers rather than client fee discussions, adviser argues.

RDR has increased transparency, but at what cost?

FTAdviser BlogonRegulation| Dec 03, 2013

RDR has increased transparency, but at what cost?

Commentators claim we are moving to a “commoditised” adviser sector driving by ‘restricted’ distribution deals.

Provider/adviser relationships: For better or worse

Your Industry| Oct 28, 2013 |

Provider/adviser relationships: For better or worse

Providers and advisers must work together for the best outcome for the client, but how has their relationship changed? Aimee Steen investigates.

Recent Articles
  1. Regulation| Sep 25, 2013

    Inducements are undermining the RDR, FCA finds

    Regaultor publishes guidance consultation highlighting serious concerns.

  2. InterviewfromRegulation| Apr 05, 2013

    RDR Transition: ‘We hung on to clients, but it was tough’

    Dundee-based IFA says move to fees will be through a “my way or the highway” approach.

  3. FTAdviser BlogonRegulation| Jan 09, 2013

    Welcome to the world of the restricted IFA

    Is the big-firm shift to restricted a cause for concern, and is restricted really restricted?

  4. Your Industry| Nov 29, 2012

    Solicitors rail against ‘liberalisation’ of referral rules

    Law Society urges solicitors to “disregard the liberalisation of the handbook” and continue to only recommend IFAs.

  5. Your Industry| Nov 26, 2012

    SRA to allow non-independent solicitor referrals

    Solicitors’ trade body will this week recommend a loosening of referral rules to its board.

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